Court shown Lakeland photos of bomb suspects

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17 January 2007

London bomb suspects 'took part in Langdale camp'

Five of the men on trial for plotting to bomb innocent Londoners had been under surveillance in the Lake District, a court was told.Woolwich Crown Court heard that pictures were taken of the group during a camping trip in Langdale, Cumbria, 14 months before the men’s failed attempt to detonate bombs on the capital’s transport system.The jury at the trial was shown pictures of the men, taken by police, of the alleged bombers dressed in outdoor gear and loading camping equipment into cars, with the Langdale fells as a backdrop.

16 January 2007

No snow for Snowdon by 2020

Welsh scientists are warning that the principality’s highest mountain will be snow-free in 13 year’s time.There has been less snow this winter since recording began 14 years ago.

13 January 2007

Warm winter hits Blacks' sales

Outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Blacks Leisure is suffering in the warm climate.The company, which trades under the Blacks, Millets, O’Neill, Free Spirit and Mambo names, issued a profit warning after warmer weather hit its sales.The company reported a 6% drop in sales in the pre-Christmas period, which led to an immediate drop in its share price of 8%.

05 January 2007

Dales police target off-roaders

Police and national park rangers are clamping down on motorcyclists and drivers illegally using Yorkshire Dales bridleways and footpaths.Footpaths such as this one (right) near Blea Moor, are used illegally by off-roadersAnd they are urging walkers and cyclists to ‘grass up’ anyone they see abusing rights of way.

20 December 2006

Olympic test at Hidden Earth

No need to wait until 2012, you can take part in the Olympics next week.For the first time, the British Cave Research Association is holding a Speleo-olympics at its Hidden Earth national caving conference and exhibition.

14 September 2006

Cancer charity needs Corbett challengers

A cancer charity is looking for volunteers in its quest to conquer more than 200 Scottish mountains.Macmillan Cancer Support is hoping to raise cash by encouraging teams of two to scale each of the 219 Corbetts.The teams won’t be expected to tackle every summit, just to choose particular ones to climb.

05 January 2007

All the best for 2007

Everyone at grough wishes our readers a happy and prosperous New Year.Here's hoping we'll be able to enjoy getting out on the fells and mountains just a little bit more and get lost just a little bit less: grough's twin resolutions.

01 January 2007

Season's greetings from grough

All the staff at grough would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.We hope you've been good girls and boys and that Santa brings you lots of toys to enhance your enjoyment of the great outdoors.

23 December 2006

New bridge means Three Peaks route change

Walkers on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route have a slight change of route.A new bridge has been built over a beck to avoid having to go through the farmyard at Nether Lodge Farm.Farmer John Sedgewick (right) with the footbridge in the backgroundA footpath diversion is now in place after no objections were raised to the alternative skirting the farm.

17 January 2007

Pennine town celebrates Walkers Welcome status

The Calderdale town of Hebden Bridge is to celebrate its Walkers are Welcome status with a festival next month.Ramblers’ Association chairman Kate Ashbrook will be among speakers at the event in the West Yorkshire town, the first in the country to gain the new accolade.

13 January 2007

Big Brother?s Jade wants to climb that one with an E

Jade Goody, the reality TV woman famous for – ahm, how can we put this politely – being a few IQ points short of Mensa membership, is aiming to join the pantheon of super alpinists.Jade, 25, who has recently lost two stones, says she is so fit, she wants to climb that big mountain that begins with an E.

03 January 2007

Mountain marathon returns to Galloway

Competitors and organisers are gearing up for this year’s Karrimor International Mountain Marathon which we must now call the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM).The event, which will forever be the KIMM to most involved in it, takes place next month in the Galloway Forest Park in southern Scotland.

14 September 2006

How to get cows down from trees

grough likes to think we’ve a reasonable knowledge of what goes on in the outdoors world. We know that birds fly, sheep baa, ramblers grumble.So...

14 September 2006

Research project for mountain rescue devices

There’s a three-year, PhD studentship up for grabs for one outdoors minded academic who wants to conduct research into mountain rescue techniques.The University of Aberdeen’s Inverness outpost is offering the chance to study the value of what it calls ‘miniaturised physiological monitoring devices’.The successful applicant will need an interest in the outdoors and the mountain environment and a degree at first or 2:1 level.

22 September 2006

Blackburn hillwalk will mark Wainwright centenary

The centenary dinner may have been cancelled due to lack of interest, but there’s a more appropriate way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Grumpy Old Fellwalker.Blackburn with Darwen Council has arranged a six-mile walk to mark Alfred Wainwright’s birth centenary.

04 January 2007

Mountain tops bask in sunshine

While the recent weather may have brought misery to thousands of would-be air travellers, stay-at-home mountaineers have had the bonus of some spectacular temperature inversions to wonder at.grough reader Bob Schofield sent this picture of a crowded Pavey Ark in Great Langdale in the Lake District, taken yesterday afternoon.Normally, air temperature lowers by about 3 degrees Celsius for every 300m ascended – the lapse rate – hence the familiar chill on mountain tops.

24 December 2006

New podcast to guide Ribblehead visitors

It seems the next essential gadget for all hillwalkers will be an MP3 player.The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) is the latest to adopt podcasts to guide visitors to the outdoors to its attractions.Ribblehead viaduct and Batty Moss (above right) : the audio guide will help visitors to the areaThe authority has produced a nine-minute long audio tour which can be downloaded and then taken on your personal MP3 player on the route of the walk, which takes the visitor round the environs of Ribblehead.The area is a site with lots of historic interest, from its time as a shanty town during the construction of the viaduct carrying the Settle and Carlisle Railway.

23 December 2006


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